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Reekie (Auld)

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Chambers says: “An old patriarchal laird (Durham of Largo) was in the habit of regulating the time of evening worship by the appearance of the smoke of Edinburgh… . When it increased in density, in consequence of the good folk preparing supper, he would … say, ‘It is time noo, bairns, to tak the buiks and gang to our beds, for yonder’s auld Reekie, I see, putting on her night-cap.ʹ”

“Yonder is auld Reekie. You may see the smoke hover over her at twenty milesʹ distance.”—Sir W. Scott: The Abbot, xvii.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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